Texas AG Says Ban On Smokeable Hemp Justified, Hemp Companies Disagree..State Supreme Court Yet To Rule

Texas AG Says Ban On Smokeable Hemp Justified, Hemp Companies Disagree..State Supreme Court Yet To Rule
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Via Courthouse News Texas’ ban on the manufacture of smokable hemp is justified due to health concerns tied to inhaling smoke, a state attorney argued Tuesday, even though there’s no prohibition on the sale of such products made by out-of-state companies. After decades of cannabis prohibition that did not differentiate between marijuana and hemp, which contains miniscule amounts of THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana, the federal government undid the shackles on domestic hemp production with its passage of the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018. Also called the Farm Bill, it authorizes the transport of hemp-based products across states lines for commercial purposes, and the sale, transport and possession of these products with no restrictions. But it did give states leave to devise their own hemp-regulation schemes. Taking the feds’ lead, the Texas Legislature passed HB 1325 in 2019, authorizing the licensed cultivation of hemp and barring local governments from passing regulations on hemp processing, or the manufacture and sale of consumable hemp products. The bill did, however, direct the state’s health and human services commissioner to adopt a rule effective August 2020 stating, “The manufacture, processing, distribution, or retail sale of consumable hemp products for smoking is prohibited.” Four companies quickly sued, led by Dallas-based affiliates Crown Distributing LLC and America Juice Co., makers of Hempettes, which are sold in packaging identical to cigarette packs and are marketed as “the first cigarette-styled CBD pre-roll in the world.” CBD is a chemical derivative of the cannabis plant that does not produce the intoxicating effects of marijuana. CBD is in hemp and marijuana and is said to have many health benefits, though they are anecdotal and not scientifically proven. It is an ingredient in many products that run the gamut from sleep-aid tinctures to pain-relief lotions, chap sticks, beautifying face masks, bath bombs and oils…

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